Gelsenkirchen (dpa) - The leaders in the table, and at FC Schalke 04 after the recent success, the confidence has turned to a good season.
«It is clear that victories, especially clear victories, are better than defeats. We are crazy. The joy of the next game is getting bigger », says Schalke coach David Wagner, describing the royal blue euphoria after the successful performances against Hertha BSC (3: 0) and SC Paderborn (5: 1) with a view to the home game on Friday evening (20.30 / DAZN) against FSV Mainz 05.
What particularly pleases the 47-year-old coach is the way his team acted. "Both in terms of how we defended for long stretches and how we played forward. It was just a convincing performance. Not complete, but good, "summarized Wagner.
The fact that in a victory at the start of the 5th matchday with at least three goals difference even the jump to the top of the table of the Bundesliga beckons, is for the Revierclub at most a side note. «After five games the table has little significance. But of course we prefer to have more than less points in the account. This does not succeed by talking. We do not want to make it small, but we do not want to hang it up too much. "
Wagner also saw the clear victory in rising Paderborn still great potential for improvement. "It was far from optimal. We have room for improvement in many areas. In the switching game, we have left several moments. The boys want to work the mistakes. »
Reason, his team against the table-16. to convert from Rheinhessen, the coach does not, even if he enjoys the luxury of free choice. Because except for new signing Benito Raman (ankle injury), all players are fit. "There is nothing better for a coach than having the agony of choice. We have a competition that is fought on a high level and in a conducive atmosphere. »
The only shortcoming currently is that the striker hit too little. Of the eight goals this season, only one went to the account of an attacker. Substitute Ahmed Kutucu scored in Paderborn. But the coach gets no worry lines.
Guido Burgstaller and Mark Uth run and toil for the team, tearing open spaces. "Guido played well in Paderborn. Of course it would be even better if he had met as well. He has run dangerous spaces. If he keeps playing like that, I'm happy with that. Then he will also score goals, which is statistically just like that. He is dangerous for goals ", Wagner praised the Austrian.
The same goes for Uth. The national player was missing after his long injury break in the first season, of course, in the conclusion nor the matter of course and Kaltschnuzzigkeit. "The bar holds, that's the most important," said Uth, who enjoys the space as a bustling impeller and hanging tip.
Perhaps it is a good omen that Mainz is a favorite opponent of the 28-year-old Cologne. Uth has met the FSV six times already, but so far only in the Hoffenheim jersey. In addition, the 05er in Gelsenkirchen are a welcome guest. Only once in 13 attempts Mainz kidnapped three Bundesliga points from the arena. The conditions for the storm to the top are therefore given. But Wagner also warns: "We have great respect for Mainz, they play an aggressive style, that will be a big task for us."
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